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Capitalism has come to the Internet! By that, I mean that soon only the RICH may surf! Us Plebes will just have to take what we can afford just like our cars, healthcare, housing, etc.

Of course... some of us will be too poor and won't get any internet at all.

CAPITALISM!!!!

This Washington Post article describes the problem...

It's pretty complicated but as I understand it, it's basically a simple monopoly. Very soon only one company can dictate how much bandwidth you get which will depend on how much you pay. Since everybody wants fast internet, the price will go through the roof.

As Rush Limbaugh once said to James T. Kirk... "Some of us will live in Mansions while others will live in Bungaloos."

I guess most of us will have bungaloo internet soon.

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  •  Unless the FCC makes new rules. (2+ / 0-)
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    chimene, anna shane

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:21:48 PM PST

    •  Those "rules" will have to comply with the TPP (0+ / 0-)

      Let's not forget that's being secretly decided as we speak.

      We're screwed again!

      Ugh.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:04:53 AM PST

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  •  I have to say (1+ / 0-)
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    misslegalbeagle

    I find your title, under the circumstances, flippant and irresponsible.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:29:47 PM PST

    •  What, do you have stocks in Verizon? (0+ / 0-)

      Or maybe Comcast?

      "flippant and irresponsible" is those same Telecoms pushing laws to deny municipalities from offering free internet services to all their residents!

      They're getting their monopoly.

      Were there any other "circumstances" we should be made aware of?

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:07:37 AM PST

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  •  The deal was the right answer (1+ / 0-)
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    RageKage

    If you want a free and open Internet, you don't want "network neutrality", and you certainly don't want Netflix to have their way

    Video occupies 10+ times as much bandwidth as pretty much any ohter use of the Internet.  Netflix is near half of the total traffic on many retail ISPs, and growing.  The Internet's business model has always been to have negotiation between providers, as it is not "telecom" but really electronic publishing.  Netflix could literally force Daily Kos and other web sites off the net, at least from working well, because it is like an 18-wheel truck on a bike path.

    So by offering some money to Comcast, and no doubt other ISPs, they're paying part of the cost that they and they alone have created.  It is the proper answer.

    The right regulation is not net neutrality, but to allow ISPs to compete by restoring common carriage on the wire itself The FCC broke that and last week's statement said that they're not planning to fix it.  Feh.

    •  NOPE, don't agree. Their "model" needs to (1+ / 0-)
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      stevemb

      regulated.

      If Comcast can't handle the activity, then get out of the business.  Oh wait...they increased their profits by 26% by adding more tv viewers and creating their own..."netflix".

      called X1, that gives customers the ability to store and watch TV shows through an Internet server -- what’s known as a cloud-based system. The so-called TV Everywhere approach lets subscribers see programs on a range of devices, including tablets and phones.
      What's the practical difference between the signal for cable tv and the internet??? NOTHING!

      It's a scam, period.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 05:20:41 AM PST

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      •  Huge difference (1+ / 0-)
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        erush1345

        The Internet only exists because the content of telecommunications is unregulated, and companies could operate inside the networks without asking permission.  If the FCC regulated it, then it wouldn't have become public in 1993; by 2000, it would have come out, looking like Minitel or Prodigy.  And it would take many years for Netflix and Comcast to resolve their dispute.  The FCC is still adjudicating a 2005 docket on what the Bells can charge the mobile companies for backhaul, and that's with a court ordering them to act.

        The difference between cable and internet is EVERYTHING. I work in both industries and have extensive contacts with players on both sides, and know where the money goes. They may both ride the same wire but both the technology and business models are utterly dissimilar.

        •  Missing the whole point..."the business model" (0+ / 0-)

          is immaterial.

          Can the wires themselves handle the data sent over them or not?  Is that data the same zero's and one's if it's my phone conversation with my Mother or me watching a YT video?

          It is.

          Are those ones and zero's hurting Comcasts wiring?

          Nope.

          Do I need your company's permission to talk to my Mother?  Nope...as long as I pay the bill each month what I say or send to her IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

          Metered Internet service, if it becomes a reality...I'll stop using it as much and go back to writing letters.  Look the post office cannot open my mail...neither can you.

          It's a scam to shake the American people down...to get more money for nothing.

          Comcast is trying to create their own Netflix on the backs of all internet users.

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 02:54:47 PM PST

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